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Suvad Katana (Bosnian pronunciation: [katǎna]; 6 April 1969 – 8 January 2005) was a Bosnian-Herzegovinian professional footballer.

Suvad Katana
Personal information
Full name Suvad Katana
Date of birth (1969-04-06)6 April 1969
Place of birth Delijaš, SFR Yugoslavia
Date of death 8 January 2005(2005-01-08) (aged 35)
Place of death Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1992 Željezničar Sarajevo 96 (2)
1992–1994 Genk 64 (4)
1994–1996 Gent 67 (3)
1996–1998 Anderlecht 50 (2)
1998–1999 Adanaspor 12 (0)
1999–2004 Lokeren 96 (0)
Total 385 (11)
National team
1996–1998 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

This intelligent defender started playing football in FK Željezničar as a youngster. He made his league debut for the club in 1987. against Red Star Belgrade (0-0). Although still a teenager, he was a regular starter in the squad in following seasons.

In 1992, War in Bosnia started and he fled to Switzerland with Gordan Vidović and Mario Stanić and subsequently moved to Belgium. He played there for KRC Genk (1992–1994), KAA Gent (1994–1996) and RSC Anderlecht (1996–1998). After a season with Turkish side Adanaspor, he returned to Belgium and played for KSC Lokeren (1999–2004). He ended his career in 2004 after suffering from a persistent knee injury.

He was one of the best defenders in Belgian championship in the 1990s. He won many awards for his performances at various clubs.

International careerEdit

He also played for Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. His first game was against Albania on 24 April 1996, and last on 15 October 1998 against Lithuania. In total, he collected 10 caps for the national team.


In January 2005, he died in Sarajevo after suffering a cardiac arrest, aged 35.[1] He was survived by his wife and two children.


  1. ^ Suad Katana overleden - Nieuwsblad (in Dutch)

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